Acidic pH Remedies

General Feedback
Posted by Janet (Hertfordshire, United Kingdom) on 06/15/2011

Hi, It was facinating to read your article on regulating the PH balace in the blood for optimum health. I am Auto-immune so never get colds or flu but I suffer from Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Globus and Fybromyalgia. I also take a low dose of Thyroxine because I am hypothyroid. I don't know my PH balance levels in my blood but it is clear from reading your article that I need to regulate it to be well.

Thank you for the work you are going to help people.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Magnesium Hydroxide
Posted by Roger (Colorado Springs, Colorado) on 06/06/2011

I see that there is a lot of talk about adding baking soda to ACV. The whole point of adding sodium bicarbonate to ACV is to turn the mixture neutral. When you do this, it means that there is going to be a bunch of sodium in the mixture. This is not necessarily bad. But, if you take 7 parts of ACV and add 2 parts of Milk of Magnesia (MOM) or magnesium hydroxide, you can turn your mixture to neutral PH and get a really good night's sleep.

If you take too much magnesium, your stools will disintegrate. That is how you know that you have taken too much.

General Feedback
Posted by Tom (Regina, Sk) on 01/25/2011

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General Feedback
Posted by Mary (Mukilteo, Wa) on 01/25/2011

Would someone post the address of a picture of a ph meter? I have looked at different type stores and have not found one that is similar to what I think is being described on the site. Thank you

Baking Soda, Citric Acid
Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines) on 10/31/2010

Hi Zoran... Urine pH generally governs blood pH whereas saliva pH shows the intracellular pH environment. The main culprits here are the body electrolytes -- Calcium, Potassium, Sodium and Magnesium, which may be out of balance. What is usually the case in Western diet is that we take in far too much Calcium -- everything is fortified with calcium these days -- and too little Magnesium. Therefore, in your own case eliminate all dairy -- no cheese, yoghurt, milk etc. Try this for a while to see if it makes a difference.

As well, take two 250 mgs of magnesium Chloride, magnesium citrate or magnesium gluconate per day. Too much calcium in your body always tends to make the intracellular environment too acidic and what properly regulates the calcium is Magnesium which is one of the reasons why you need it.

In your son's case, he needs calcium for his growing bones, so just give him a reduced dosage of the one above, which will be proportionate to a 150 lbs adult. So if he weighs only 50 lbs, his total dose per day will be a third of the adults dose -- about 80 - 100 mgs twice a day. This should help to regulate his excess calcium and help to sufficiently alkalize his cells and salivary pH. If he gets loose stools, just cut back on the dose.

You can also use Magnesium Oil -- which is a saturated solution (80% mag chloride to 10 % water). Just spread 10 - 20 drops a day on the inside of your forearms and it will be absorbed via the skin directly into the blood. Or use 10-20 drops mag oil per day in orange juice as a mineral drink. Or you can take baths in Epsom Salts(Mag Sulfate), same principle as the mag oil. Lots of options here for magnesium.

Also try switching to the use of natural sea salt rather than using processed salt -- this should also balance your body electrolytes and help to improve cellular pH.

Baking Soda, Citric Acid
Posted by Zoran (New York, Usa) on 10/30/2010

I have been using lime and baking soda for about two months now and my urine PH is fine 7-7.25 but I cannot get the saliva PH above above 6-6.25. As per Ted, I know this not good and I need some more guidance as to how to fix this problem. I also have been taking daily supplement of Vitamic C as well as potassium citrate. I hope someone can help me. ( my 7 year old son has the same problem, urine PH is always higher than that of saliva and it should be reverse. Thanks for any help.

Baking Soda, Sea Salt
Posted by Annahoot (Atlanta, Georgia, Usa) on 09/17/2010

I mix lemon juice and water with the baking soda and it really changes the taste. Then it tastes like a fizzy drink.

Acidic Urine
Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines) on 09/03/2010

Hi Heavenlightly... Regarding diet, I myself did not eat a raw diet when I cured my candida -- although eating a raw diet would certainly help. I just ate no dairy(including no yoghurt), no sugar, no sweeteners, no canned food, avoid all anti-biotics or drugs, only ate red meat a few times a month, and usually only ate white meat and fish with alot of veg and cooked everything in VCO(which is cheap in the Philippines). My problem was that I had eaten too much processed food for so long in the UK, before I moved to the Philippines. When I moved to the semi-provinces, I bought virtually everything from the wet market, no processing. This also helped.

Muscular aches and pains are usually caused by body electrolyte imbalances ie the body calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium need to be re-balanced. To much unregulated calcium always builds up in the muscle tissues causing acidity and pain. Nowadays, due to a bad diet(with everything is now heavily fortified with calcium), achieving excess calcium is easy. Calcium has therefore been overstressed in its importance in diet in my opinion. The emphasis, especially for older people like myself, should therefore be on proper magnesium and potassium intake, which are always lacking in Western diets. Magnesium regulates calcium in the body and is also involved in over 300 enzyme reactions in your body which makes it one of the most important and essential minerals in your diet. I now take a liquid mixture (only sold in the Philippines) containing all necessary minerals in a solution of fulvic acid and sodium ascorbate solution which I find ideal to replace minerals in the body as well as as an aid to neutralize body toxins. But just using natural sea salt everyday would also have similar effects.

Milk of Magnesia worked well against my jock itch and was all I needed. Another simple mixture I now use consists of:

2 tablespoons Milk of Magnesia
2 Tablespoons 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1/2 teaspoon Borax(20 Mule Team)

MoM specifically kills all bad microbes with its high alkalinity and because it is hydrophobic, therefore dehydrating and killing the bad microbes that way as well. Hydrogen peroxide kills fungus, bacteria and viruses electrically by oxidation. And the borax is introduced to specifically kill any other associative fungus/mites involved. This is also a remedy originally recommended by Ted on EC for topical use. It is very effective -- even helped to get rid of a friend's psoriasis when none of the drugs recommended by his doctor's worked -- and the nice thing about it is that all the constituents are cheap and easily obtained.

Regarding your sinus allergy, the use of Lugol's is very beneficial to the body, and is another body friendly element that the body is usually lacking. Doctors will only ever talk about iodine wrt thyroid. However, it is also well known that iodine is used in every mucus gland in your body, including eyes, nose, throat, mouth, throat, intestines, uterus, prostate and breasts. In mucus, iodine is therefore one of the first lines of defense against infection in your body. Recent research has also revealed that iodine also has anti-histamine effects on the body, when taken in larger doses. The RDA recommended for iodine these days is 150 micrograms. This will cure some thyroid problems but no other associated problems because the rest of the body requires over 100 times more iodine than is recommended. Here are some links to the most current research concerning the benefits of iodine:From a speech by Max Gerson(Cancer and Tuberculosis Therapy) regarding the usefulness of minerals and iodine wrt allergies:

"The patients are given thyroid and lugol solution (lugol's solution is iodine plus potassium iodide) I learned first through the so-called Gudenath tadpole experiment that iodine is necessary to increase and help the oxidation ability. Then we gave the patients large amount of potassium. (12) It took about 300 experiments until I found the right potassium combination. It is a 10% solution of potassium gluconate, potassium phosphate (monobasic), and potassium acetate. From that solution the patient is given four teaspoonsful 10 times a day in juices. That large amount of potassium is introduced into the body. (12) At the same time 5 times one grain of thyroid and 6 times three drops of lugol solution, ½ strength. That's 18 drops of lugol which is a large dose. Nobody was observed to develop heart palpitations from that, even if some patients told me that they could previously not take thyroid because they would develop heart palpitation. And all allergies disappeared! Some patients claimed that they could previously not take one teaspoonful of lemon juice or orange juice - they were allergic. But when they are well detoxified and have plenty of potassium, they are not allergic. Allergies and other hypersensitivities are eliminated."
From this link:

Here are more links to current independent research regarding iodine's other many beneficial effects on the body:

Acidic Urine
Posted by Heavenlightly (Huntsville, Alabama ) on 09/02/2010

OK so 02/16/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines:

So Bill I read your post and was wondering if you changed your diet much or maybe you already eat a "healthy" diet. I am wanting to get rid of aches and pains, sinus allergies etc and my son has a Jock itch that he has had for a few years now. Also ringing in the ears which I believe is candida related. So I will be trying the pH balance and other stuff you mentioned for the Jock itch and see how that goes. I don't have a problem eating more raw but was wondering if that is what you did or not. If this helps I will be letting all know. Thanks and God Bless You All

Alkaline Urine
Posted by Terry (Qulin, Missouri) on 08/14/2010

In response to many people in Europe trying to get there urine alkaline. Unless they are sick, it is not beneficial to have alkaline 7.1 or above. If you read what Ted said EXACTLY is your urine should be between 6.1 and 6. 8, which is slightly acidical. If you are above that, especially in the 7.2 or higher range, and not taking a lot of alkalizing products, you are making ammonia to lower your ph in desperation. That is not good. To counter this, you have to take the alkalizing products mentioned on this site to get 6.1 to 6.8 urine ph.

Ted's Remedies
Posted by Tantrictemple (Ny, NY) on 07/28/2010

Ted dear, at the top of the pH page, you wrote: "The usual dosage for me is 1/2 teaspoon (of potassium bicarbonate), 1/2-1 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate, now if my pH is very acid, I add 1/8 teaspoon (of potassium carbonate). " You wrote potassium carbonate twice for this recipe, for the second one did you mean to write "citric acid"? Thanks buddy!

Hydrogen Peroxide, Borax
Posted by L (Red Deer, Alberta Canada) on 07/21/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I've been using peroxide since 2006 (one year before I found Earth Clinic). Up until this past January, I would take breaks from using 1 1/2 teaspoons with 1/4 teaspoon of borax in 1 1/3 litres of water. I'm using it to increase energy, and hopefully reduce long term mycoplasma. Since January, I've increased to almost 1 tablespoon of peroxide, and a rounded 1/2 teaspoon of borax. Although if I'm fatigued which is quite often, I don't feel much increased energy, but I've noticed my PH is much more consistent, between 7 and 7. 35. I'm just getting concerned if this dose is safe long term. (By the way, since Canada has restricted access to food grade peroxide March, 2009, the price for one gallon has increased from $8. 00 - bulk buy, to $75. 00! ! And that's if you can find a gallon. It's mostly available after registering with the government and buying a large drum. I am looking for Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS) which I've recently discovered has been re-labelled as Water Purification Drops (WPD) here in Canada, so hopefully I'll be able to switch to this soon.

Alkaline Urine
Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 02/22/2010

Hi Everyone...The importance of bicarbonates within the digestion, nutrient absorbtion and respiration of nutrients into the human body is difficult to understand and it seems that some opinions seem to be promoting mistaken or inaccurate conclusions.

If we just consider the importance of human digestion wrt bicarbonates -- when food enters the human stomach, this becomes a very acid medium, consisting of hydrochloric acid secreted by glands in the stomach. Its purpose is to both initiate protein digestion in an acid medium, to convert the slightly alkaline saliva medium to a fully acid medium and thus to kill any dangerous or bad bacteria in the food.

The stomach contents or chyme are then passed into the duodenum for the next stage which is initiated by secretions by the pancreas and liver. The pancreas secretes many enzymes -- tripsin, chemotrypsin, amylase, lipase, lactase, maltase, sucrase etc -- that can only work and do their job in a neutral to alkaline medium. Also secreted with these enzymes are bicarbonates in solution to completely neutralize the hydrochloric acid in the stomach chyme mixture so that the enzymes in the duodenum have the correct medium to work in for proper digestion to occur.

The liver secretes bile via the gall bladder which is used to break the fat down into convenient droplets for easier digestion and absorbtion. The bile also reacts with the excess alkali or bicarbonate to form a convenient "soap" which aids intestinal perstalsis in moving the hardened faeces down the intestines.

The bile mainly consists of chemically broken down haemoglobin, hagocytes and cholesterol which is excreted by the liver into the intestines.

The digestion and absorbtion of nutrients further take place in the jejunum and ileum. The colon functions to reabsorb water and vitamins as well as providing an area to store waste before excretion.

Therefore, in terms of just digestion, it is easy to see where digestion can all go wrong because of excess acidity.

If you either eat very acid junk foods OR are low in body bicarbonates, then when the acid stomach chyme gets into the duodenum, the hydrochloric acid will not be neutralized with a weak or insufficient secretion of bicarbonates from the pancreas, so the chyme will remain acidic, the duodenal enzymes will not work because they need a neutral to alkaline medium, and so the chyme or food just stagnates within this acid medium, rapidly encouraging all sorts of bad anaerobic bacteria, virus, fungus to take hold and to be absorbed and attack the body via the intestines.

To see a good explanation of why bicarbonates are so important for respiration, see this simple essay - with a very useful diagram by Mark Sircus which helps to explaining the vital importance of bicarbonates:

Alkaline Urine
Posted by Corinna (London, England) on 02/21/2010

Hi Phoenix,

Thank you for making so much effort to answer my question. Here in Europe many people are fanatical about getting their urine alkaline. They even swallow many tablets to achieve this - and in Jarvis book there are convincing scientific studies that alkaline urine is a sign of distress. I am worried for all these people who may be going in exactly the wrong direction.

My son, who is 10 years old, never took any medicines, let alone antibiotics, E-numbers, preservatives or any junk food. Just a wholefood vegetarian organic diet with plenty of fruit and green veggies. He is as healthy as any mother would wish. His urine is solidly acidic. So, something must be wrong with the idea that health equals alkaline urine. I am grateful that I found Jarvis' book and wished more people would actually read it and not just quoting it.

pH Tester Tools
Posted by M Bare (Mukilteo, Wa) on 02/19/2010

I was thinking of getting the tool listed in the second list that has a meter box, wire and stick.

What system to use it?

The thought of putting it in mouth for saliva and into urine stream bothers me.

I have Pennsyvania Dutch background and clean is not really clean until it has been cleaned more than it needs to be cleaned.

Thank you

pH Tester Tools
Posted by M (Mukilteo, Wa) on 02/17/2010

Ph Tester Tool

I would like to know how the tester works. Do you use it for saliva and urine both? And if you are squeamish can it be done? Thank you

EC: Hi, M.

Are you referring the Ph test strips like these?

or Ph Meters like these:

Alkaline Urine
Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 02/17/2010

Hi Shaun...Well, much thanks for that, and I guess we must be doing something right.

My outlook towards the medical profession and the big pharmaceuticals is remarkably aligned to your opinions on this. But that may be because we're both British.

But please don't get me started on this subject...I would become very boring !! I have also learnt much concerning all the lop-sided deceptions and goings-on within the world's pharmaceutical industry, which are best truly described, in my own loopy way if you like, by some favourite quotes by Mark Twain:

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."

"Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."

Be Well,


Alkaline Urine
Posted by Shaun (Old York, Uk) on 02/17/2010

Hi Bill,

I would TOTALLY confer with all you have laid down. Ted is a wise (and nice fellow). I followed the exact same regime as you for about the same amount of time and all is now OK. Well, actually more than OK ever was!

It (CarBiCarb etc., etc) is a standard medical treatment, and as otherwise a harmless procedure, and so it carries very,very little risk. In a sense its magical when you consider matters as otherwise.

I've also read up on cancer quite a lot (...well, haven't we all), as folk seem to be succumbing all about me, and it would appear that many professional folk who specialize in cancer are giving up on it (as well as mainstream HIV research) 'cos they feel that the medical profession is just going in the wrong direction in trying to cure it. Big Pharma rules... or it did. To me there MUST be a simple answer in eliminating it, for in the natural world nature just would not allow such a dire short-term outcome for its evolutionary efforts. Would it?

pH (and hence enzymes)seem to be key in all this. As such I have attached a couple of links to recent Vid's at the end of this which helps explain it all.

At the risk of sounding a bit loopy (nothing new there then), it reminds me of the T.S. Elliot poem "Little Gidding" (...the last of his Four Quartets):

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

Take care,


Alkaline Urine
Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines) on 02/16/2010

Hi Cindy...My protocols for getting rid of my candida are defined elsewhere on this site. Here is an older post by me which describes this protocol:

"I had candida three years ago. My symptoms were psoriasis, eczma, BM and toilet only once every 4 days if I was lucky, tired and sluggish all day, severe grogginess and brainfog in the mornings, jock itch(tinea cruris) and overweight. I also regularly caught colds, flu etc many times a year on a regular basis.

This is what I took to cure candida:

* Ted's alkalizing remedies using either whole squeezed lemon/lime or 2 tbspns ACV plus 1/2 tspn baking soda(Arm & Hammer brand) two or three times a day. This is Ted's Alkalizing Remedy and this is THE NUMBER ONE CURE for Candida in my book.

* One tablespoons of virgin coconut oil stirred into my coffee at least 2 - 3 times a day.

* Blackstrap molasses in my coffee, no refined sugar or aspartame sweetener allowed in my diet. BSM also added more potassium to my diet and also helped to balance the extra sodium from using the baking soda.

When I started this remedy at the beginning, I got fairly severe flu-like symptoms -- it almost seemed as if the remedy was making me worse. But this die off or Herxheimer Effect always happens when you get the fungal toxins released into your blood from microbes and fungus from the die off, so think of it as a good sign. Your liver and kidneys are overworked initially, until your immune system can get on top of it. After this die-off it was easy. All my skin problems just disappeared slowly (except the jock itch -- but that's another story) and I haven't had a cold or flu in 2 years."

I also took a daily decoction that I made consisting of three herbs just to support my liver, kidneys, blood and immune system throughout this protocol. The 3 herbs were: Tinospora cordifolia, Chanca Piedra (Stonebreaker) and Tumeric root. I gathered the fresh herbs and made the decoction myself(I live in the Philippines). But you can other use other simple herbs such as Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Burdock or Liquorice and Ginseng in support just as well.

I got rid of my jock itch(tinea cruris) by using athletes foot powder(because I found out that tinea cruris is exactly the same fungus as tinea pedis -- or athletes foot), and by using Milk of Magnesia at night after my shower(just dab MoM straight over the affected region). The MoM was very soothing, and has a pH of 10, which will kill any bacteria, virus or fungus. My tinea cruris disappeared in only 2 days. I had had this jock itch for 7 years, and no drugs or special creams had ever worked.

Alkaline Urine
Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines) on 02/16/2010

Hi again Everyone...Concerning this acid/alkaline state and what state is good or bad for you, I have read numerous amounts of medical research from Medline, PubMed and other sources concerning viruses, fungus and cancers.

It is fairly well known that either an internal state and pH 9(very alkaline) or 5(very acid) would not be beneficial to your body. Also well known is that cancers, viruses, fungus etc prefer acid mediums or body states that are always acid because it aids in their lifecycles. The first reason is respiration, fungus and viruses excel in acid environments because this helps with their respiration or glycolosis (anaerobic fermentation). In certain research I have also read that viruses penetrate host cells using acid enzymes, and also, once inside the host cell, viruses also use acid enzymes to help in its reproductive stage within the host cell. This also applies to fungus. So, as Ted says so often, this is why it is so important to alkalize both your extracellular fluids(blood) and your intracellular fluids when you are ill with a virus, fungus etc. When you alkalize, the virus reproduction and spread is therefore slowed and hindered, giving a better chance for the immune system to overpower the virus eventually.

As well, if your body is too acid (or even too alkaline) -- or out of its proper healthy pH zone -- then it stands to reason that your immune system will also be affected and its defensive capabilities against foreign microbes will likely also be depressed.

Another point, your gastro-intestinal tract or intestines also needs to be slightly alkaline as well as oxygenated for exactly the same reasons as above because bad microbes can also breed and spread there. The intestines, strictly speaking, can also be regarded as external to your body like your skin, because there is no blood. Intestinal Candida will take hold easily if junk processed food is eaten too much. Once inside your intestines, and if nothing is done, the candida may go systemic via the blood or into the mesenteric cavities, eventually affecting other major organs like the liver or pancreas or kidneys, as well as helping to invite other diseases into your body because of a depressed and overworked immune system.

So the best way to stay healthy is to provide and maintain a healthy body terrain for yourself. And since most of us eat acid forming processed foods, containing a barrage of strange chemicals, heavy metals and dangerous halides like chlorine and bromine in our diets, and since this creates the perfect acid medium or body terrain for bad microbes to engage and spread rapidly within or bodies, it would seem to make sense to help your body by simply alkalizing your body terrain thus helping to return your body state to its own proper and healthy optimal alkaline pH zone.

Alkaline Urine
Posted by Cindy (Cochrane, Wi) on 02/16/2010

to Bill from San Fernando - would you share exactly what you did? thank you.

Alkaline Urine
Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 02/16/2010

Hi phoenix...I read your article with interest, though I do disagree with some points. Your belief that alkalizing is not useful for the body's balance and homeostasis -- or specifically useful to maintain the pH of your own body is incorrect from my own direct experience with these remedies.

As you know from another post, I had candida, and the only regimens I took to specifically target the candida were Ted's lime/lemon or ACV and baking soda remedies from this site. This was the main protocol I used for my candida problem. I used no other drugs or special diet here. Other than the normal symptoms described for candida, I was also always constipated and my saliva was always thick and tasted quite sour.

I took Ted's regimen daily, plus molasses and coconut oil every day as well for minerals and the constipation. And I say again, I took no other medical drugs for the candida. The point I'm making here, is that after 8 years of suffering candida and all its various internal and external symptoms, the only possible thing that could have cured it was Ted's alkalizing remedies. But it did take a year of using this protocol to eradicate the candida. And there is absolutely no way I would except any judgement that my candida just disappeared "by itself". If you know anything about fungal infections, rarely do they just go away...

I've also noticed in my own surfings on the internet concerning alternative herbal and chemical therapies, that much of the so called research, for instance, that is supposed to disprove the efficacy of herbs like Pau D'Arco(lepechol) against the likes of cancer and other ailments -- is nothing more than what I call "spoiler research" -- or poorly executed research specifically instigated to fail and disprove any claims made for any herb regarding its efficacy against cancer. They still use the Pau D'Arco herb even now in Brazil and Paraguay as an effective treatment for cancer where it has been used as a reviving tea for centuries(doesn't this alone qualify Pau D'Arco is a GRAS herb?). Fortunately, the dirty influence of the FDA has no reach or influence in South America. And so the US cancer industry -- or cut, poison and burn -- as it is so affectionately called these days, is fully preserved.

You might want to investigate the ordinary chemical called DCA or Dichloroacetate, which is causing quite a stir at the moment regarding a cancer cure. DCA is currently used as an accepted(by the FDA no less) protocol for a genetic lactic acidosis problems. DCA effectively neutralizes the lactic acid and stops the pain of lactic acidosis. Strangely, since the effect of lactic acidosis also occurs widely in cancer due to its method of respiration by glycolisis or fermentation, the neutralization by this acid, as well as the alkalizing effect of the dichloroacetate would seem to be the prime reason for its curative effect on cancer. And yet the pharmaceutical industry have already said quite openly that they are not interested in DCA as a cancer protocol -- no patent possible, so no profit possible. You can study all the evidence for this, just type "DCA cancer" in Google -- you will get thousands of hits.

The difference between your posts concerning the use of, specifically, Ted's alkalizing remedies and my posts on alkalizing, is that I have used all of them, and they have generally been a complete success -- and I still use them. So I am speaking from direct experience and you are from a somewhat weaker position.

Your arguments against alkalizing using the body's mechanism of homeostasis that alkalizes the body on its own, are very poor and lack simple logic I think. For instance, it is well known that the body, when asleep works its hardest to maintain homeostasis, which tries to return the body to a balanced electrolytic state and in particular -- to it's own safe pH zone. Well known also is that the majority of heart attack deaths occur at night when people are asleep. Could it not be that the person's body is just too acid due to excess process food and bad diet and pollution? You make the mistake of just assuming and believing that the body's homeostasis mechanism -- as well as, perhaps, the immune system -- is just in perfect balance all the time. A gross mistake I think.

If you are going to comment and judge any of the protocols on this site, the best way is to try them. I guarantee, from my own experience, that the majority of these protocols are completely safe with little or no side-affects. And they worked for me, and no amount of FDA research spam will change my view at this point.

There's really no argument against that is there ?

Alkaline Urine
Posted by Corinna (London, England) on 02/12/2010

Why does everybody want to have alkaline urine?

I recently read the book 'Folk medicine' by D.C. Jarvis that is recommanded by this website. It is very interesting because the good doctor made numerous in-depth studies about acidic and alkaline urine in animals, children and adults. He went about very methodically in years and years of observations and found out clearly that an ACIDIC urine is healthy and that an ALKALINE urine is a sign of stress, over-exhaustion and the onset of disease.

These findings make me happy because they co-incite with my own experiences and those of my family. The healthier we are and the more healthfood we eat the more stable our urine is on the acidic side.

I know that the trend at the moment is that everybody wants to have alkaline urine. But why? Are there any studies or any other proof? When researching this topic years ago I could not find any. Can you enlighten me?

Accurate pH Reading
Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 02/05/2010

Hi Gwen...In answer to some of your questions:

Potassium Bicarbonate: No other name that I know of. Other similar potassium supplements to try are potassium citrate, potassium gluconate and potassium carbonate.

Magnesium Carbonate: Occurs naturally as Magnesite and Dolomite. If you are trying to suppement with Magnesium, there are two methods to do this:

1. By taking Magnesium supplements such as Mag Citrate, Mag Gluconate, Mag Sulphate or Mag Bicarbonate. To make an easy and cheap fortified Magnesium water supplement -- Magnesium Bicarbonate in solution -- using soda water and Phillip's Milk of Magnesia(I do this), see this link here.

2. Use Magnesium Chloride or Magnesium Sulphate(Epsom Salts) baths and/or body sprays to absorb Magnesium directly into your body transdermally(through your skin). More Magnesium will be absorbed transdermally than with supplements and this is a very efficient and simpler method than taking magnesium supplements which sometimes causes diarrhea.

I'm sorry that you're suffering from abscess tooth pain. Here are some suggested remedies from Earth Clinic which might help you:

Accurate pH Reading
Posted by Gwen (Boulder, Co. Usa) on 02/04/2010

Dear Ted, I am having a hard time finding out what potassium bi-carbonate is, common name etc...where I can purchase. Don't know what I'm asking/looking for. I also noted you recommended for alkalizing tumors in dogs.

Sodium bi-carbonate = Baking Soda

Potassium bi-carbonate = ?
(potassium bitrate = Cream of Tar Tar)

Magnesium Carbonate = ?
Magnesium sulfate = Epsom Salt

Please help me clarify these substances. I have googled but found no common name. I have been suffering with abscess on root of tooth that won't come to a head to drain. It is hard to research & maybe others having same problem as me?

After trying everything holistically suggested on EC, it hit me that the pH most likely the problem. Started Baking soda & am getting some relief & movement. I am 60 yrs old & acid/alkaline balance has a big effect on me. I use the baking soda/lemon or lime etc. process, but would like to know/try ?Potassium Bicarbonate? you suggested.....

Please & Thank you for your time & info. Many Thanks & Blessings to ALL! Gwen

Baking Soda, Citric Acid
Posted by Ali (San Francisco, Ca) on 01/24/2010

Re: Does citric acid leach calcium from bones?

In the recommended 1/4 tsp baking soda (aluminum free) and 1/4 tsp citric acid in 1/2 glass water at least, twice a day to help alkalize the body,does the citric acid leach calcium out of the bones when the body? If I have long-term severe vitamin D deficiency and achy bones is citric acid use still safe on bones?

Can you consider putting a Paypal link to donate to EC or to the main/top individual contributors? If there already is one on the EC website, I didn't see it, maybe somewhere on home page? I am thankful for the help and little donations can add up to help further research? Thanks.

EC: Hi Ali. Thanks for asking - we do have a Donate link at the very top of every page (next to the Give Feedback link).

Accurate pH Reading
Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 12/27/2009 383 posts

Dear Ron: The pH I am looking for test is either below or above 7. This is true especially of saliva. So a bromthymol blue measures in a range of only 6.4 to 6.8. Therefore the range of bromthymol blue has some limitations also.

For urine pH the range is 6.5, but for a saliva pH, the ideal pH is around 7.3. Hence the bromthymol blue is more ideal for the measurement of urinary pH.

Mostly the urine pH falls between 6. to 6.8 to be acceptable. But when a person is sick, I need to get the pH of the urine to be closer to 7.

Accurate pH Reading
Posted by Ron (Emporia, Kansas) on 12/26/2009

Hi Ted, I've enjoyed reading your ideas about and experiences with nutrition.

I have read several references to pH by you in other sections of this site and found myself confused on exactly what you might consider the Ideal pH for the urine or saliva. In this section here you described it very well. The Ideal pH of 6.4 and an acceptable range of 6.1 to 6.8 agrees pretty much with the J. D. Jarvis experiments in his book and with the studies of Carey Reams.

Thanks for the clarification.

Baking Soda
Posted by Betty (Spearsvilleto , La.) on 11/19/2009

Dear friends,

I would like to improve ph. I am considering taking baking soda on a regular basis. One physician said it would cause reflux and that it would interfere with the acidity of the stomach. I recently came to understand that you take soda an hour before eating so as not to interfere with this acidity. I am also considering putting it in lemon juice. I also read a recommendation of using soda 1 week and using h2o2 the next. I have developed arthritis as well as osteoporosis and lung problems. I've gotta start knocking some of this out before everything gives way. I would really appreciate some input. thanks.

Life is still good.

pH Health
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn Usa) on 10/27/2009

ALAIN, my bad,,,,,,,,,,, thanks for correcting this for me. This is 10th grade math. Undoubtably my brain is going faster than I thought. The point I was trying to make is that a 5 pH is bad news Charlie and folks need to be concerned.

pH Health
Posted by Tracey (Gainesville, Fl) on 10/27/2009

I was just wondering where to purchase the PH strips?

EC: We've seen them sold: online, pharmacies, Whole Foods, health food stores...

pH Health
Posted by Kay (In The Valley, Ca) on 10/26/2009

Thanks so much for taking the time to post this information, I, for one did not know that one point = ten times the the alkalinety or acidity. I think sharing your knowledge on this subject will help us all have a better understanding of just where we stand. Thanks again.

pH Health
Posted by Alain (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) on 10/26/2009


pH of 5 is not 20 times more acidic than 7. It is 100 times i.e. 10 to the power of 2.

I just wanted to clarify.


pH Health
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn Usa) on 10/26/2009

I just re-read most of the sites articles on alkalinizing your body. It appears that many people do not have a feel for the value of the term, pH. To show that my chemical engineering degree from 50 years ago was not in vain.....pH is the negative logarithm of the concentration of the Hydrogen ions. A pH of 7 is neutral, below is acid and above is alkaline. However, it is not linear ...... a pH of 6 is 10 times more acidic than 7 and a pH of 5 is 20 times more acidic than 7. So you can see why you should be alarmed if your pH is in the 5's. You are not just a little acidic....... you a whole lot, and need to get on Ted's alkalizing program. I only know what I read as far as where your pH should be, but I hope this gives folks a feel for what the numbers really mean. One poster said that a pH of 6.4 is very acid. No it's not....... it is slightly acid. This in intended to give non technical people a better feel for what the pH numbers really mean.

We do not use a pH meter. We use individual pH strips and they are pretty accurate. The roll pH paper is almost worthless. It is not very accurate and you are doing Kentucky windage to rely on this measurement. I agree with most on this site that getting your body alkaline is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda, Baking Soda and Water
Posted by Randy (Pascagoula, Ms, usa) on 10/26/2009

I believe that Ted says that if you take ACV w/o baking soda, that your body will use it's own stores of bicarbonates to reduce the acidity of the ACV, so you might as well add bicarbonate before you ingest it. From what I have read of many of Ted's posts, I think he recommends baking soda and water to reduce the overall acidity of the body more than ACV and baking soda.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda, Baking Soda and Water
Posted by Joe (West Palm Beach, Fl) on 10/25/2009

I'm taking the ACV / baking soda 2 x day for well being. Does this alkalize the body to prevent disease or do you have to take the other formula that Ted mentions of Baking soda with half glass of water? In other words do these formulas accomplish the same thing or are they for accomplishing two different things to help prevent disease ? I wanted to do both of them but didn't know if it is overkill ?

EC: Joe is writing this question in response to this Q&A from Ted:

Joe, please note that we are posting your question to the PH page (Ailments section) and not to the above url so that more people can see it.

Posted by Carolyn (Hobbs, Nm Usa) on 10/07/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have GERD and have had to learn to keep my system more alkaline. I drink 2 t. ACV with 1 t. Honey three times a day (30 Minutes before meals). I also take two mineral capsules each day and 2 potassium capsules per day. My ph stays 6.5 to 7.0 all the time (both saliva and urine). My question is, why don't we hear more about minerals for balancing ph? They are wonderful for your body as we get older. Many of us don't need to put sodium in our bodies because of high blood pressure and other issues. Also we don't need to put too much calcium. Minerals are wonderful. The really good ones are in capsules, not hard compressed pills. M______J______ makes wonderful minerals and you can get them at most health food stores. I'd love to have your input on the wonderful world of minerals. The B____gg folks certainly recommend them to go along with the ACV.


Where to Find pH Tester Strips
Posted by Lita209 (Sanford, Fl, USA) on 09/16/2009

Where do I get a PH test at? a pharmacy or a health food store? Pardon my ignorance.

EC: We've seen them sold at certain pharmacies and also health food stores like Whole Foods. Otherwise, check google:

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